We’re excited to be hosting this event as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! This month, we’ll be exploring the role of an Accessibility Analyst! Accessibility was often overlooked before, but it’s becoming an increasingly important focus for companies and organizations. Providing accessible means of interacting with technology helps improve usability for all populations, not just those that might rely on assistive technology. Join us if you've ever been curious about accessibility!
Our guest speaker for this evening is Dennis Lembree, Senior Accessibility Consultant at Duque Systems. He’ll talk about what accessibility is and its importance in the connected world we live in, and what being in his role is like. We’ll do a short Q&A session and then play with some assistive technology tools and experience what it’s like to use them.
If you can, bring a set of headphones with you. It's not required to participate, so no worries if you don't have a pair.
• 6:30-6:55pm: Sign-in, grab some refreshments
• 6:55pm: Intro
• 7:00-8:30pm: Presentation, Q&A, Activity
Mr. Dennis Lembree has over 20 years experience in the digital publishing and development industries, much of the time as a front-end web developer. He is currently a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems. Previously, Mr. Lembree worked for several years on the PayPal and eBay accessibility teams. He also has experience at several start-up companies and has contracted at Google, Ford, and Disney. Mr. Lembree has published numerous articles, led several webinars, and presented at many conferences including HTML5 Developer Conference, CSS Developer Conference, and Accessing Higher Ground. As personal projects, Dennis runs a blog on web accessibility, Web Axe, and created an award-winning web-accessible Twitter app, Easy Chirp.
The event will be held at Duke University at Smith Warehouse in Durham, NC. We’ll be in the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall. You may park in lot next to the south side of the building, which is free for 2 hours. There's also metered parking at $2/hr.
Meeting address: 114 S Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC
RSVPing and the Waitlist:
We will close the RSVP list by noon on the day of the event - this is so we can provide security with a list when they need it. Please be kind to your fellow members and update your RSVP to “No” if you cannot attend the event. We know it’s easier to be less accountable for free events, but we really like to keep these events free to advocate for UX in the community. We really trying to avoid imposing a fee or a 3-strikes policy to hold people accountable.
If the event fills up, you will automatically be put on the waitlist. If someone changes their RSVP to “No” the earliest person on waitlist will be notified that their RSVP has been upgraded from “Waitlist” to “Yes”. Closer to the event, keep an eye out from a message from the organizer.
About Global Accessibility Awareness Day
This year is the 5th annual GAAD. The purpose of the event is to help create awareness, discussion, and understanding of digital accessibility for users with different impairments. Learn more about GAAD (http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/).
About the A Day in the Life Series
Each month, we'll explore a different role in the UX field. This gives an opportunity for you to learn about what people do in that particular role, ask them questions, and participate in activity to “test drive” what it’s like to be in this role.
This event series is brought to you by Duke Web Services, exploreUX, and Triangle UXPA.